18 March 2014New research from The Netherlands shows that people who smoke high-potency cannabis end up getting higher doses of the active ingredient (THC). Although they reduce the amount they puff and inhale to compensate for the higher strength, they still take in more THC than smokers of lower potency cannabis.
10 February 2014A telephone counseling intervention in The Netherlands for parents who want to quit smoking has been shown effective. One year after the start of the intervention, one-third of parents were still smoke-free. This has been shown in a study conducted by Kathrin Schuck of the Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen. The results wererecently published online by the scientific journal Addiction.
30 January 2014Addiction's Editor-in-Chief brings out a new book aimed at bringing the science of stopping to smokers
17 January 2014Smokers are less willing to display their packs in public and smoke in outdoor areas since plain packaging was introduced, new research has found.
14 January 2014A new study published in the scientific journal Addiction by the Pan American Health Organization, a branch of the World Health Organization, has measured the number and pattern of deaths caused by alcohol consumption in 16 North and Latin American countries. The study reveals that between 2007 and 2009, alcohol was a 'necessary' cause of death (i.e., death would not have occurred in the absence of alcohol consumption) in an average of 79,456 cases per year. Liver disease was the main culprit in most countries.
20 December 2013Smokers in England who want to stop smoking are three times more likely to succeed if they see a trained advisor than if they try by themselves, according to a new study published online today in the medical journal Addiction. Worryingly, just buying nicotine patches, gum or other licensed nicotine products from a shop does not seem to improve the chances of quitting.
18 December 2013Self-control failure leads to increased consumption of alcohol in young males. Making them more aware of their drinking, however, seems to counteract this effect and appears to be a promising strategy in facing the temptation to drink. This was shown in two experiments conducted by Roy Otten, Roel Hermans and colleagues of the Behavioural Science Institute of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
22 November 2013It's common to associate cannabis use with affluent youth in wealthy societies. But the relationship between societal and family affluence and cannabis use appears to be changing. A study published online today in the scientific journal Addiction reveals that cannabis use is declining in rich countries but stable or increasing in developing countries.
14 November 2013Keeping an eye on your child can lower their odds for gambling by young adulthood, according to research conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Adolescents who had poor parental supervision at age 11, and which continued to decline through age 14, were significantly more likely than their peers to be problem gamblers between ages 16-22.
11 October 2013The alcohol industry is using measures straight out of big tobacco's playbook in order to delay the introduction of mandatory warning labels, according to the international scientific journal, Addiction.